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and that a life can in turn shape history. in warren's case he was formed by early 20th century california and came to embody its values. he then explored those values to the nation and, to a remarkable degree, those values help shape our lives today. so if you will bear with me, i'd like to talk a little bit about who earl warren really was, and in the process i hope to paint a more accurate picture of this very consequential man. earl warren was born in 1891 in los angeles where i live today. in those days it was a scrappy little mexican-american village in a very young state of california. although warren's family left los angeles when he was still quite young, there were two memories of his youth that remained with him throughout his life and that helped form the man that he would become. the first was his recollection of a young neighbor who was crying in pain as she died from a disease, probably polio or meningitis. and he wrote in his memoirs, quote, her anguished cries and the sobs of her family gave me a lasting impression after her death. he was similarly affected by the mob in 1
seth rosenfeld report on the fbi's covert actions at the university of california berkeley in the 1960s. the of the reports the j. edgar oeuvre lead agency attempted to weaken activist student groups including the free-speech movement. this is about an hour and a half. >> my name is low bergman. i am the david logan distinguished prof. of investigative reporting at the graduate school of journalism at the university. on behalf of the journalism school, i want to invite all of you to what i think is an extraordinary special event especially for me personally. tonight we have the honor of having seth rosenfeld here. and went on to enjoy a long career as an executive career at the san francisco chronicle, and i stayed in touch with him all those years. going on for years. for all that time, seth was involved in his own personal quest for the question of what was really going on here at berkeley in the 1960s one of those events were taking place. the result is this book, "subversives: the fbi's war on student radicals, and reagan's rise to power". it is an extraordinary book. when i read it
is michael berman? >> michael berman is a person who handles redistricting in california. he's a democrat and his brother howard berman, was a member of congress, and he had an organization called the ad campaigns so it was his job to draw the map in california. he did a couple things. one thing he did was his brother's district he dropped it from 45% latino down to 31% latino, his brother would be safe and wouldn't face a challenge in the democratic primary by a latino candidate. another thing he did is got democrats and republicans together to pursue incumbent power so in other words sometimes we see these gerrymanders meaning one part is trying to pick up as many seats as possible, in california in that particular year basically the democrats get together with the republicans and they said let's not push for party gains but preserve our own seat and focus on incumbent gerrymandering and draw districts that benefit us so we are not challenged. that's burma. >> what role to the computers play in the current election system? is it good or not so good? >> computers are a tool so i think th
>> next, seth rosenfeld reports on the fbi's covert actions at the university of california berkeley in the 1960s. the author reports that the j. edgar hoover-led agency attempted to weaken activist student groups including the free speech movement. this is about an hour and a half. >> good evening. my name is lowell bergman, and i'm the david and reva logan distinguished professor of investigative reporting here at the graduate school of journalism at the university. um, and on behalf of the journalism school and university, i want to invite all of you to what i think is an extraordinary, special event, especially for me personally. um, tonight we have the honor of having seth rosenfeld here who's an alum of the journalism school as well as the daily cal and went on to enjoy a long career as an investigative reporter at the san francisco chronicle. and all that time -- and i stayed in touch with seth all those years, i've known him for at least 30 year, going on 40 years -- and for all that time almost seth was involved in his own personal quest for the question of what was
. as the mcgill is a lender near disneyland in california. >> they would give a sense of asset size so people can understand how this shouldn't have meant anything yet it ended up being consequential. >> was a tiny fraction of the assets of the acquisition of as an afterthought so this company made subprimal loans, it made mortgages to people whose credit was not that great and wamu's thinking of the time was we have these requirements under the community reinvestment act and that is saying that you are basically required to make loans to these people in this capacity and some prime lending could become popular in the 90's because the prime loans were not making that much money anymore. so one of wamu's chiefs went out looking around for a good sub prime linder and landed on long beach mortgage and it was the least dodging of all of the subprimal lenders he could find because there's shady stuff going on in the companies and so began the the playing this lender in the 90's and they broke away from what they had been doing originally. >> what was it about long beach that would begin the cancer tha
the right to go to the pacific. calling for a state of south california. would the south secede if its demands weren't met? would the federal government fight back? nobody knew. could northerners be made to stem the flow of fugitive slaves? those weren't academic questions that were tearing the country apart in congress, and the senate, 15 free states matched evenly against 15 slave states, giving the south virtual veto power over any legislation that even remotely seemed to threaten slavery. california, californians, 200,000, people fled to california during the gold rush. very quickly they demand admission to the union, as a free state. which will tip the balance in the senate. abolitionists are battling slavery advocates over the expansion of slavery elsewhere in texas, and is the most likely ignition point, is claiming the entire vast new mexico territory, which is far vaster than the present-day state of new mexico, and threatening to carry slavery across it at gunpoint if necessary, raising troops to do so. and the civil war had begun in 1850, it wouldn't have been in charleston
that we think of as the great plains and the rocky mountains to california. that did not include california. it was already a state to. the question was critical because it had to do with the future of slavery and seven powerpc in the nation. -- southern power in the nation. what is there constitutional rights as citizens? moving slave property into territories owned by the entire nation. the dread scott decision the united states supreme court confirmed the southern constitutional view. republicans will allow no more slaves on any territory. abraham lincoln elected november much later in est. congress came into session and to put forth a critical portion a way they dealt with the territory to have a dividing line beyond the louisiana purchase to the border california. i will get to my main topic. when abraham lincoln and rejected all meaningful compromise. i am going to talk about three different men. you know, his name. abraham lincoln. the other two not so well known. a great kentucky statesmen some would believe henry stewart from your state to have prior to the nomination o
with the soviet union, so states like mississippi, states like georgia, texas, florida, southern california, arizona and north carolina are all being transformed in the post-world war ii period by this historic shift in population. just think about it. this period from 1964 to 2008 can be thought of this kind of the period of sunbelt dominance in the american presidential history. if you think about it, every president elected from 1964 to 2008 comes from a state of the sunbelt. lyndon johnson from texas, richard nixon from california, gerald ford was not even elected vice president. he was from michigan. jimmy carter from georgia, ronald reagan from california, the first george bush from texas and bill clinton from arkansas and the second bush from texas. so 2008 is in some ways a watershed election it's in being the four-year period of sunbelt dominance. there were issues that were critical in the politics that developed, they came out of the sunbelt and they tended to have a conservative back to them. they tended to be oriented around history of strong national defense, of an opposition
chance for the future. >> host: next call, dave in cortez, california. hi, dave. >> caller: oh, hi. this is cortez, colorado. >> host: oh, sorry about that. >> caller: oh, okay. out here in colorado we're going to have an initiative on the ballot, and it's been put on there to legalize hemp. and i was wondering what, how you feel about hemp, and before the 1930s we used hemp for a lot of synthetic products until the petrochemical industry decided they'll make a lot more must be by abandoning it. so i was wondering if we are as a country we start making synthetic rope instead of polyester, we'd start using it for food, fuel and fiber. >> host: we got the point, dave. thank you very much. >> guest: i don't have much expertise on hemp, but one of the areas we were talking just a moment ago about research, one of the questions is biofuels and the ability to make the energy we need, some part of it, out of biological material of some kind or another. and that's one of those examples where a lot of work is going into it. it turns out to be a harder problem than people thought. it's takin
today as the great plains, the rocky mountains and west of the rocky mountains to california. didn't include california because california as you know was already a state. question was so critical because it had to do with the future of slavery, and the future of southern power in the nation. now, southerners demanded what they saw as their constitutional rights as american citizens to take their property, including slave property, into territories owned by the entire nation. in 1857, in the famous or infamous dred scott decision, united states supreme court confirmed the southern constitutional view. republicans in contrast, never, no matter the supreme court. republicans would allow no more slaves in any territory. abraham lincoln was elected in november 1860. a month later, the united states congress came into session. members of congress put forth various compromise proposals, a critical portion of all in some way dealt with the division of the territory. most often their was a proposal to extend some kind of dividing line, westward beyond the louisiana purchase all the way to
and texas and florida and southern california and arizona and north carolina are all being transformed the the post-world war ii period by this historic shift in population and political influence. think about it. this period from 1964 to 2008 could be thought of as kind of the period of the sunbelt dominance in american presidential history. you think about every president elected from 1964 to 2008 comes from a state of the sunbelt. lyndon johnson, from texas. richard nixon, from california. gerald ford was never elected so he doesn't count. he was from michigan. jimmy carter from georgia. ronald reagan from california. the first george bush from texas via connecticut. bill clinton from arkansas, and the second bush from texas. so 2008 is in some ways a watershed election and ends the 40-year period of sunbelt dominance. there were issues that were critical in the politics that developed, that came out of the sunbelt. they tended to have a conservative cast. they tended to be oriented around issued of strong national defense, of an opposition to unions and a defense of free enterprise
to the idea is. >> i met him many years ago added event of the diversity of southern california and one thing led to another i started to work at "forbes" in the puerto rico department. >> your practical experience how do you reject that how capitalism will save us? >> when i was at "forbes" i learned a lot about the market. and worked many years ago but working as an entrepreneur you really need to have economic freedom that is something i learned personally. if you just get a paycheck you don't understand how government can affect of small business and a job creation. that led me to think this is a useful idea for a book. >> host: how do you see the role of government the role of congress in the economy? >> we need government to create a stable environment to function and create jobs. government and its decisions are driven by politics. markets are driven by companies who meet the real world needs of people. you need government to protect us from fraud and from two words. but overly metals some government goes too far and use the press job creation and. >> the 2008 financial situation and b
the california primary. then at the end of august, democrats manage chicago. cbs and nbc provided full coverage of both the republicans conventions, the bbc decided to give on the evening wrap ups. they hired korbel to deliver 15 minutes of commentary each night, and occur in the conservative point of view was william f. buckley. the editor and founder of the national review had established himself as the spokesman of american conservatism, author of god and man at now and other books have also had a syndicated newspaper column, on the right, and tv show, firing line. erudite and unearthly communist in his first elaborate breathy deliveries, manic eyebrows and reptilian, will. he is now remembered as a representative image when conservatives can be consider race, but buckley was ahead of his time in many ways. his exchanges during the republican convention in miami were testy, but with that seriousness sat. tv journalists, howard k. smith served as moderator. buckley support the war in vietnam, but i'll post it, but to demand that the republican nominee, and nixon. he was so excited i the gover
, reporting on the largest manhunt in modern california history. booktv visits the united states naval academy. politics, history, and war will be covered. visit booktv.org for a complete schedule of this week's programming and watch as all become weekend long on c-span2 and a booktv.org. up next, dakota meyer talks about the battle in afghanistan and his efforts to rescue soldiers that were ambushed by taliban forces. dakota meyer became the first living marine to receive the medal of honor since the vietnam war. this is about 45 minutes. >> i would like to welcome everybody. this is my official welcome. we are honored to have you here today. we are part of an elite club of authors. there are many that are active here in the american legion post the other thing i want to mention is each of you have a card that looks something like this. several years ago, we began a program called support the troops. the weather was books or dvds or even ipods, batteries, some of the things that they let us know that they needed, and we collected a few boxes and sent them to the troops. each year it has gotte
to outfox this massive high-tech posse and as they said the biggest manhunt in california history which involved the fbi and the dea and thousands of cops and i'm not exaggerating, on foot and it on horseback, mounted posses, civilian vigilantes or go people were all over. this was very brutal and it had all these wild west frontier elements. it's not typical that one man was able to outfox this kind of a posse of these days. so that is what was going on as i got into the early days of the manhunt for "rolling stone" and then after i finished my piece which took two years to write, i realized that the story needed to be a book and so here we are. so i will tell you a little bit about it as i go through and then answer your questions. this is from a strange request. alone in a small trailer donald charles cook had been singing a song. it was a pretty song or was it a song that the casual passerby would hear on the off chance that he or she was in the vicinity of the remote little abode. it was a weird so weird and discordant toot emanating from the trailer, always calling, calling, calli
and texas and florida and southern california and arizona and north carolina are all transformed in the post-world war ii period by this historic shift in population and political influence. i mean, just think about it. the period from 1964 to 2008 can be thought of this kind of do. if sun belt dominance in american presidential history. when you think about every president elected from 1964 to 2008, comes from the state of the sun belt. bennett johnson from texas, richard nixon from california, gerald ford was never elected, not even vice president come as a guest account he was michigan. jimmy carter, ronald reagan come the first church veteran texas va connecticut. bill clinton from arkansas and the second bush from texas. the 2008 is a watershed election. it ends his 40 year. if sun belt dominance. and there were issues that are critical in the politics that develop, that came out of the sun belt. they had a conservative cast to them. they tend to be oriented about strong defense of an opposition to unions in defense of free enterprise politics. and also from the sun belt in the south an
illinois to missouri to texas to california. she helped out banks when times were bad, and they were in trouble. she was the largest individual lender to new york city government. she lived in the guilded age when society lived ravishly, but she rebelled against it. she lived in simple life. she loved her children and friends. she was weary of those who befriended her for her money. she showedded her dog great affection, and when she was asked why, she said because he doesn't know how rich i am. [laughter] she lived her life as she deemed best. she forged the path for women to have business careers and be mothers, and through her clever investing, she showed women were the equal of any man. at her death, newspapers around the world, around the world, proclaimed her the queen of wall street, and it was known throughout that she was the richest woman in america. there are lots of sayings in the back of the book, her words of wisdom that i think are great follow-up. she did have a goodceps of humor, and she was one smart lady. if you have any questions, i'd love to try to answer. yes? >
, eddie -- [speaking spanish] and she happened to be living in the village of joshua tree, california, at that particular time. and there's a whole set of circumstances that led her to, you know, who's from a -- she's from the tropics of central america, you know, how did she wind up in the december merit everybody has a story out in the desert of how they got there. she said, ruben -- [speaking spanish] we'll take care of you, we'll give you a place to live. and shortly therefore i arrived in the desert, and one of the first things i saw when i rented my little shack out in the sand next to a sign that said next services, 100 miles, the town of 29 palms east of joshua tree, i saw myself driven to go further and further out. eddie and her friends were in the village of joshua tree which was right at the edge of a beautiful -- you guys know joshua tree, right? u2's album, at least. crazy arm like that. [laughter] well, i wanted to go further out. there was something existential that was driving me further and further out into the big empty, as they say in the desert. and also the furth
california sacramento was broken in. with every single tax. [applause] citic this crowd is not need to be reminded. [laughter] but the tax is there bowed against every single one. the last thing sacramento needs lose more money like giving heroin to a junkie. >> how do we by media? >> of also like to comment on the public-school to produce useful one's. liberal send their kids to the lily white private schools. but who always fights the vouchers to the and a male? al gore was asked in harlem when he was running for president because he was the democrat won a black reporter said if you are so big on public-school is not having vouchers why your kids go to private schools? typical move he got angry and said don't bring my children into this. wait a second. [laughter] not so fast. it is a great idea for conservative billionaires' i love fox news but why is that the only game in town? ten times the ratings but it has not occurred to cnn and msnbc they have higher ratings maybe we should try to be fair and balanced. [laughter] that seems popular. by the way a small point*, i am doing pie
are we getting together, billionaires and millionaires because if you change california , which is broken, broken, please vote against every single tax. every single one. [applause] please vote against it every day. >> i don't think this crowd needs to be reminded of that. the mac ann, vote against every single one because the last thing sacramento needs is more money. it's like giving to a junkie. their herald tribune is server your organization. had we been media comest wallpapers,, large papers. >> i'd also like to comment on your taking of the public schools and actually producing useful once. liberals don't favor that, but they send their kids to private schools, so it doesn't really matter to them what happens in the public schools. who is it that's always fighting the vouchers to the nail? al gore was asked in a debate in harlem when he was running for president he conceded and, of course, are beholden to the teachers union. and so i black out reporter patents editor so big on the public schools and spend them money of the book schools and i have a vouchers student budgeting system
of california. the place where you are in the know. i am dug sovereign political reporter at kcbs radio in san francisco and i will be a moderator for this evening's program. please insure your cell phone, pda and other noisemaking devices are turned off for at least on silence. and we will get underway in just a moment. first i'd like to tell you about some upcoming programs. this thursday, september 27, melanie, financial commentator for abc's good morning america, and paul schott stevens who is the ceo of the investment company institute will team up to discuss the future of retirement in this daunting economic environment they will stick to the current crop of retiring baby boomers and give saving strategies for the younger generation for those golden years far ahead. this will be a new program this is thursday year the commonwealth club in san francisco. tuesday october 2nd former connecticut senator chris dodd will be here in his new role as the chairman and ceo of the motion picture association of america. he will address how last technology has moved entertainment content to the cloud
so much and they included a box of chocolates. of course the chocolate company in california. but the irony is he had a system making sure there were refreshments and things to keep him happy on the top of that list and then the letter here from orrin hatch indicating his admiration and respect for michel's participation in the community is of course on the other side of the aisle from the papers that certainly is a period in time where there is considerable collegiality on politicians regardless of their political beliefs. he is a loyal alumnus and he comes to the defense occasionally. he's provided considerable support for the history project and he has delivered the address from time to time. he does not have a position and does not teach class's but when he comes he visits the class is particularly in the government affairs department whenever he's on campus to come and speak to those students, and i think it is really a terrific experience for them and a great opportunity for him. after he retires in 1995, he has a private life is in equally distinguished. he is appointe
the state that had the single most subscriptions was california and in fact its success was the reason that it failed. when the postal rates -- they changed from a straight rate to a regional rate. it became entirely too expensive to mail something from augusta to california, so that made a huge difference and that is eventually what killed it. the other interesting thing i want to mention today was myron avery. myron avery, the history of the operation trail and myron avery are completely intertwined. you wouldn't have per trail without avery. benton mackay was the person who wrote an article in the 1920s saying, there should be a trail that you could walk from georgia to maine to see the whole country. myron avery is the person who went out then and built the trail, who walked it. he was the first person to walk the length of the trail. he was in maine native. his family background was in sardine canning which of course was a huge industry in maine in the early 20th century. but he loved the woods. he became an attorney and a captain in the navy and did admiralty law for a living, bu
california, and his son, donald kueck by then, was teenager, and pretty well known -- actually kind of notorious singer. was in a lot of bands, and a longtime junkie and when he and his father reconnected they decided it would be a good thing for father and son to kind of continue this to see where the spark went, and he moved out to the desert for a while to live with heir father, donald kueck, and he sed up shop in -- one of the things that don did out there in his compound was he acquired all this flotsam and jetsam and would barter and trade for neighbors for things he needed and they needed, and he'd fix up old cars and van. and he had this old van on his property that they labeled the anarchy ban, and joe would go in there and get high. and listen to music and sometimes don would go in and hang out with him, and the friends would come out and make music, and it was boys together running around in the desert. kueck was a brilliant self-taught rocket scientist who beyond to hob nobody with the engineers at edwards air force base so he and his friend would run around sometimes in
a case out of california, and that is much more a challenge to whether the protection clause allows the expansion of same-sex marriage. it is very much like loving persons virginia in can the state's ban this? are the states allowed to ban same-sex marriage? the doma case, the defense of marriage act case, is a lot easier for the supreme court because it only, it applies in spades that already had same-sex marriage. so they are not imposing same-sex marriage on other states. i actually think they will take the doma case and they will declare it unconstitutional because it is really manifestly unjust. the government has a very hard time explaining why the government needs to do this. i mean, what interest is served by penalizing married couples who happened to be of the same sex? the proposition eight case is a much more dicey proposition, because if the court, if the case goes up in its current form, and there are ways they could matter what, but if it goes up in the current form it basically is, must the 44 states that don't have same-sex marriage start allowing them? that would be
, the state with the most subscriptions as california. and in fact, his success was the reason it failed. when the postal rates, they changed from a straight rate to a regional rate, it became entirely too expensive to mail something from modesto to california. so that made a huge difference and that is eventually what killed it. the other interesting thing i want to mention today was my rent a very, the history of the appalachian trail admiring a the are completely intertwined. wouldn't have the trail without avery. brett mckay was the person who wrote an article in the 1920s saying there should be a trail that you could walk from georgia to maine to see the whole country. myron avery is the person who built the shrill, watch potrero, he was a maine native, his family background was in sardine canning, which is course is a huge industry and main in the early 20th century. that he loved the woods. he became a maternity and cap been in the navy. that's spent according to one source at 250 weekends a year working on the trail. he was headquartered in maryland, so he found the potomac appellation
in the day, 26 -- california greater 26 of the top 500 largest companies in the world. europe has created one during that timeframe going back to the 1970s. why is in europe and japan able to produce the kind of innovation, the kind of growth, the kind of employment and the kind of middle-class became wages that the u.s. economy has produced? often people say we have entrepreneurialism in our blood, but we didn't grow our economy faster until 1992 when the commercialization of the internet. if anything our productivity was growing slower than theirs was. our product movie -- one and a half of this two-pointer coming from innovation. they move from one and half to two, to one, to one and a half. i just don't think that god blessed america with entrepreneurial blood. i think we earned it the old-fashioned way. will work harder, to more risk, made more investment if you count the salary of thinkers and innovators as part of what investment is, which our manufacturing accounting doesn't. other accountings have made those calculations and we are investing significantly more. i think we earned it.
connected to southern california because i have family in your area. grandchildren and a stepdaughter and a son-in-law that is here. so i want to affirm my connection with the l.a. region. thinking about the predicament we are in in this country today reminds me that charlie brown cartoon the one where lucey goes in the backyard and sets up a table that says psychiatry 1 cent. charlie comes up and says, he puts his penny down and she says charlie, in order for me to help analyze you and your problems, of life as a voyage on a great ocean liner. are you one of those people who takes your chair of the bowel and looks into the future to see where you're going or are you one of those people that takes your chair to the store man looks back to see where you come from and he thought a moment and said i'm having trouble getting my chair unfolded. [laughter] so here we are. i will share with you a couple of quotes from my book this one is louis brandeis. we must make our choice. we have democracy or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. and then a comm
years before this violent incident, and they ended up having a reunion in riverside, california, which i talked about in my book. his son was a teenager, and pretty well-known, kind of a notorious figure on the scene of riverside and was in a lot of bands and longtime junkie. when he and the father reconnected, at bob's big boy, they decided that would be a good thing for father and son to kind of continue this, to see where the spark went, and he moved out to the desert for a while to live with his father, donald kueck. and he set up shop. one of the things that donald did on his compound was he acquired all this -- with barter and trade with neighbors for things that they need or he needed, fix up old cars and vans. he had this old man on his property that he and his son labeled the anarchy than. he would go in there and get high. listen to music and sometimes donald would go in and hang out with them. friends would come out and they would make music. they were boys together running around in the desert. kueck was a brilliant self-taught rocket scientist to use to hobnob with the engin
in california which is just outside of washington, d.c. and his son was three or four or maybe 5-years-old at that time, and it's a great letter showing a civil war officer trying to be a father. the term is not only in a patronizing way lots of pictures, lots of explanations about how things are coming and in that sense it also provides great documentation for camp life, so the scholars that are trying to figure out a social history, with the camp life was like and what everybody was doing when they were not shooting at each other, these letters to home our great resources in that regard. this one shows the intent. people don't really associate these two together but they happen all the time. and then we have on the back of the letter more can't scenery together with portraits of his family and putting to whom he is writing the letter and the next to that is a picture of the general himself, and then the other children in the family. and then who is this? of course his mom. this is in 1861, and then in 1862 in june he gets shot and something penetrates his right elbow and he has to ha
liberty is guaranteed, but outcomes are not. it is the same land that unites a california child, tennessee teenager, maryland father, and a wyoming worker, they bond under one flag to dream of a better life, where they are free to pursue their own happiness, free to risk without the consequences associated to failure. free to speak their minds without the retribution of fellow citizens agenting as a lynch mob, uncomfortable with those prepared to say what they think, particularly if they don't agree with it, free to reap the rewards of boldness and maybe success, without suffering the debilitating envy and unending sniping of those incapable or inwilling to secure similar compensation. it is the nation of kay thurman, the nation of philanthropy, a community of unequal generosity, a nation of libertarian spirit and bounce-back mentality, a population that wears its emotion on its sleeve, and speaks openly of god. a country more dedicated than any other to human achievement and discovery, the land of the free, the home of the brave. it is the nation and idea that men stand up for, fight for,
from 1964 from 2012 comes from the state from the sun belt. richard nixon from california. gerald ford was never elected he doesn't count. he was from michigan. jimmy cart -- -- it end the forty years period of sun belt dominance. there were issues critical in the politics that go oned that came out of the sun belt. they tended to have a conservative cast to them. they tended to be oriented around issues of strong national defense of an opposition to unions and defense of free enterprise politics and it's in the sun belt in the south and southwest we see the rise by the 1970 would be coming to as at religious rise. the rise of e van gel call and the political process and new and important ways. so thurmond was the forefront at all of those issues in the own politicses. national defense he was a staunch anticommunist and played a important role in right-wing anticommunist politics. it was one of the things that lead him to switch parties in 1964. he was a key figure in opposing labor unions. he did so alongside bike barry goldwater starting in the 1950s. early in the career he would be
is now texas, arizona, new mexico, utah, nevada, california, colorado, oklahoma, and kansas. the pacific northwest was open country. back east, the appalachian mountain range guarding the interior from south carolina who what was recently maine threatened to confine the great american experiment to the atlantic sea board. the allegiance of the several transstates was unproven. there, settlers looked west down valleys to the mighty mississippi, not over their shoulders that the mountains that separated them from the political creators. former vice president conspiracy of 1805 and 1806 to make a nation for himself and others opened by the purchase had come apart, but illustrated limited control exerted by the east over the west of the national government over its unsettled territory. a continental nation so uncertain that president thomas jefferson deemed it optional, quote, "whether we remain in one confederacy or form into atlantic and pacific confederacies, i believe not important to the happy of either part." the coming of the steam boat in 180 # 7 gave hope, but there were soon boats
but states like georgia and texas and florida and southern california and arizona and north carolina are being transformed in the postworld war two period by the historic shift as the period of the sun belt dominance. if you think about every president elected from 1963 comes from state of the sun belt. lyndon johnson from texas and richard nixon from california. gerald ford was never elected. he doesn't count. jimmy carter from georgia reagan from california. texas and bill clinton from arkansas and the second bush from texas. so twaict is the water shed election. it ends the forty year period of sun belt dominance. there were issues of critical in the politics that developed that came out of the sun belt. that we see the rise by the 1970 be coming to talk about the religious right. so strom was at fore front at all of the issue in the own politics. national defense he was a staunch anticommunist. and played an important role in right-wing anticommunist politics. it's one of the things that lead in to switch parties in 1964. he was a key figure in opposing labor unions. he did so al
, california at that time. there are circumstances that led her from the tropics, how did she wind up in the desert? everybody has a story in the desert how they got there. she said we will take care of you, give you a place to live and shortly thereafter i arrived in the desert and one of the first thing that i saw when i rented my little shack in the stands next to a sign that said next services, hundred miles, town of 29 palms, i found myself driven to go further out. her friends were in the village of joshua tree at the edge of a beautiful national park. you have joshua tree, you know that you 2's album, you know what a joshua tree looks like, crazy arms going this way and that. i wanted to go further out. there was something existential driving me further out into the big empty as they say about the desert and also the further out you went there rent got cheaper and cheaper and cheaper. i was a $275 a month for a 2 bed room house with five acres of land on the edge of 29 calls where that sign said 100 miles and that is where the book begins. begins with a personal crisis and it w
two guests comes from bill in california. first of all, bill, where in california are you, and then go ahead and ask your question. >> caller: marina del ray. >> host: thank you. >> caller: okay. i never hear discussed what, to me, is clearly and obviously the real problem in the country. i like to paraphrase james' old saying in the election of 1992, it's the economy, stupid. it's the culture stupid. the culture of america is changing for the worse, and we see it in our terrible, competitiveness ratings, you know, with the foreign countries in math, science, ect. it's not hard to make chose changes. politically, it will be very difficult, but it's really quite cheap, and nobody ever talks about the kinds of things we have to do, and it's not putting more money into education, ect.; it's getting the kids to want to learn. if they want to learn, we could spend half of what we spend and we'll get better students. >> host: bill, thank you very much. michael, you start. >> guest: anybody who is concerned about american values and american culture should read "that used to be us" because th
mountain training in bridgeport, california. so i had a lot of good birthdays. but following paris island, i shipped off to camp geiger, north carolina, where i completed infantry training, and after that i went off to hawaii where i would be stationed for the next four years. and this is where i also attended sniper school. so after attending sniper school, i quickly shipped off to iraq, and in iraq i didn't get to complete my tour because i was bitten on my right hand by a vicious enemy spider, and i suffered nerve damage. the enemy will stop at nothing, they even train their spiders to bite us. [laughter] so i returned back home for two years of additional training and working up and trying to get my hand back. and this is where i became a sniper team leader in charge of five other marines. and we were out in no halve i have viper -- mojave viber. my gunnery sergeant said we need five volunteers to go to afghanistan. i said, what's the mission? he said, we don't know yet, we just need volunteers. i raised my hand and said, all right, i'm ready to go. so i ended up being assigned as a s
on out there. so i felt that even though in california and in the country as a whole i think we would like to forget that rocky flats ever happened, it's a story we would like to put in the past and pretend it's all fixed and we don't have to deal with it anymore, but the truth of the matter is that it's a very important story we will have to continue to deal with now and into the future. blew -- plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years. >> you can watch this anytime on line at booktv.org. >> salman rushdie recounts the fatwa issued against him in 1989 which was deemed, quote, against islam, the prophet and the quran, end quote. this is about an hour, 20. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. and welcome to this evening's conversation with salman rushdie. i want to just begin by explaining that in march of 1992 i interviewed mr. rushdie for the first time. it was near dulles airport. i had to meet a stranger at a hotel bar who would take me to his secret location. i'd know him by the fact that he was carrying a "wall street journal" -- [laughter] and we had a lengthy intervie
was in california where voters passed a proposition with a large experiment of what happened when racial preferences are banned from university systems. it is extremely clear for anyone who played cares to look. within a half-dozen years the number of blacks in the university system has gone up by 30%. the number of blacks receiving a bachelor degrees went up by 70%. the number of degrees for hispanics, gpas of gone up. virtually every outcome has been a dramatic improvement. the column leading critics that the 2 as a problem was there were fewer african-americans at berkeley and ucla. when racial preferences were admitted -- this was not actually about outcome. those students who had been admitted to berkeley and ucla were going to school and had higher success rates and because berkeley and ucla afforded so many minority students with a national reputation to do so the race neutrality increased the integration across campuses. one of the things we talk about in the book is the cascade effect. when elite universities admit students, a four paid graphic in the book illustrates this. have the first p
of the class and decide that academics is not for them. the biggest mismatch experience was in california where the voters passed proposition and we had a large cause i national experiment about what happens when racial preferences are banned from the entire system. the results are extremely clear 21 the bothers. within a half-dozen on the neutrality the number of blacks in the university of the system had gone up by 30% the number of blacks receive them in bachelor's degree have gone up by about 70% and even larger for hispanics they'd gone up in science did in a dramatic improvement. the only thing the critics can point to as a problem was that there were few african-americans at berkeley and ucla. the most elite which used the preferences when the racial preferences were permitted. but this was not actually a bad outcome. the students that had been admitted to berkeley and ucla were going to the schools and they had much higher success rates and because berkeley and ucla had reported so many minority students having a national reputation to do so, the race neutrality after actually increased
of california, several absentee. requires you to have photo id. what is the same people a stateo make it so hard to block of the voter i.d. laws. just a vote you have to show i h when they make your show i detested by simple medication frantic. >> i'm awill says astonished tht people like 35 years old up to show id to buy cigarettes or alcohol in some places. yet, we don't do it for voting which is so critical. it's bnot byarre. it makes me think that maybe something is happening behind the election camerve we don't kw about. they don't want that to stop because it and that is a political interest. it is bizarre that the same bureaucrats that impose data idealize and bsteding all these consumer products don't want that for the fundamental issue of voting. the s a valid interest of the state. thirsc states have some form of >> ii'rement. a% of the american people support this. it strikes me as bnot byarre. youh now, rhode island, a democratic state with a demofatic legisla% rre passed it the other side the law. the sponsor was the only. that african-american speaker. voter fraud in the district c
, and his careened staggered off track there in southern california. caught up by shame he left his wife one reunite for the apartment of his mistress. with a revolver in one pocket and a whiskey barrel -- whiskey bottle in the other, he sat down and vowed to kill them so. she brought out two glasses. they sat at a wooden table underneath one of those swinging bare lightbulbs. and fortunately for us she talked him out of it. he went on to create an american architect, lawyer for the little guy, advocate for the common folk. poking his thumbs, regarding the jury from beneath that cascading shock of hair, speaking with plain but emotional conviction of the nobility of man, the frailty of mankind and the threat to liberty posed by narrowminded men of wealth and their legal guns for hire, and his words, i believe, resonate especially today. .. politicians, newspaper men in the hallways outside jammed with spectators trying to get in. at times in his career, thousands of people what's around the courthouse on the outside listening, hoping to catch a glimpse of the words coming through the windows
that was made in california. but while rage can spread around the world, rage is a starting point. once you start to analyze what is likely to happen in libya or what is likely to happen in egypt you get very different -- what is liable to happen in syria -- you get very different scenarios based on the legacy of geography. geography shows libya was a vague geographical expression. we are oriented toward greater carthage and tunisia were benghazi towards alexandria and egypt. because it was never a country it can only be governed through the most austere totalitarian means and once that collapsed the we have an elected government in tripoli it cannot project power beyond greater tripoli. you have a problem of governmental incapacity in libya that cannot deal with the crisis. egypt is different. egypt you have a country that has been an age old cluster of civilization for years. a cohesive community along the nile aware the government has greater bureaucratic and institutional power even under this new tenuis regime than the government in libya. the government in egypt has an army and police
was in camp california, which is out of the outset of washington dc. he was probably it for five years old at the time. it is a great letter showing a civil war officer trying to be a father. the tone is very paternal, but not in an unenlightened way. we are trying to figure out the social history and what camp life was like, what you were doing when they weren't shooting at each other. these letters to home, they are really great resources in that regard. this one shows a template to build chimney on it. people really don't associate it together, but they happen all the time. next to that is a picture of the general himself and the other children and family. and then who is this? of course, this is his mother. this is in 1861, and then, in 1862 in the month of june, he is at fair oaks and he gets shot. something penetrates his right elbow and he has to have it amputated. so this is a set of letters and documents the document that event. one of them was a letter written to him from his brother who was in the date of maine at the time, merlin howard, saying that i wish i could be with you.
, florida, southern california, arizona, north carolina, of being transformed in the post-world war two to and from five this historic shift in population and political influence. just think about it. really from 1964-2008, it could be thought of as the sunbelt dominance of american presence of history. every president elected from 1964 comes from the state of the sunbelt. lyndon johnson, richard nixon, gerald ford was never elected, not even elected vice president. jimmy carter. the first george bush for texas. bill clinton from arkansas. the second bush from texas. 2008 is in some ways a watershed election. it ends is 40 years of sunbelt dominance. there were issues that were critical in the politics they tended sets be oriented around is
is from jane and calabasas, california. i'm sorry, first jane in new york city. >> that afternoon. i appreciate you. you raised the question of of only one woman being in the book. you did not answer that question and i would like to revisit it. my concern is that there is only one woman. there are several women inventors. why out of all african american inventors fair, white is there only one -- why is there only one -- and all only one -- and all the ones we did during black history month, okay, joy, thanks. >> the ones that we were able to work fine, -- the ones we were able to find, of course, there could be a book on women inventors. all the other ones we thought were significant and we didn't want to exclude women. so we made sure that we had our women's invention. the woman whose future. >> you are also very involved in education, which is a big effort to get science technology and math and engineering and the like. is this in concert without ever? >> yes, i think that is a fact that all the people that are heroes in this book, they are mathematicians and engineers and, a chem
birthday i was in hell week of sniper school mountain training in bridgeport, california. so i had a lot of good birthdays piffling parris island, i was shipped off to north carolina where it completed the infantry training. after that, i went off to hawaii where i would be stationed the next four years. and this is where i also attended sniper school. so, after attending sniper school i quickly shipped off to iraq. and in iraq i didn't get to complete my tour because i was bitten on my right hand by a vicious slider and i actually suffered severe nerve damage plan to let everyone in the room know that the enemy will stop at nothing. they even train the spiders to bite us. [laughter] so i returned home for two years of additional training and working at trying to get my hand back, and this is where i can a sniper team leader in charge of five other marines. and we were out in the viper training to go back to iraq and my sergeant walked in and said you need five volunteers to go to afghanistan. and i said what's the mission? he said we don't know yet we just need five volunteers right now
air force base in california. are you going to there? >> columbus, and i've been there. >> on purpose? >> yeah. >> why? >> [inaudible] >> nothing against oklahoma, but i was raised on the east coast, and oklahoma, the panhandle of oklahoma was a culture shock for me. i think they improved considerably now. they swapped out primary trainers and you have the at-6 now rather than the god awful t-37 that we had so, boy, when are you going? >> [inaudible] >> march. did you put something on the facebook page? that was you? okay, yeah, there is a facebook page for this. i didn't want to do it, but they made me. i'm not a facebook guy, but it's turned out to be interesting because i get to talk to a lot more people than i ever thought. feel free to chime in. yeah. what do you want to do and fly? >> f-16. >> good answer. i flew the raptor for a whopping three hours there at the end of my career. i'm sure, you know, it's a fabulous airplane, but i'm partial to the f-16. i wish the air force -- and they may come to that and realize, you know, we can't afford these raptors and f-35s at $150 milli
network and said species begins spanish she had been to be living in bet negative would treat california. there are circumstances that led her how did she went up in the desert? everybody has a story how they got there. she said we will give you a place to live. wrote shortly thereafter one of the first things that i saw that says services 100 miles. year at 29 palms by joshua tree i fell to go further out. that is on the edge of a beautiful national park. you know, the album at least. [laughter] you know, what the joshua tree looks like. crazy arms. i wanted to go further out. there is something existential driving be further out to the big and the. also because the event got cheaper and cheaper. $275 a month for the two-bedroom house, 5 acres of land on the edge of 29 palms. that is where the book begins with a personal crisis no accident that i arrived at this landscape and the desert is the site of restorative blagojevich for millennia. at that particular moment i don't think was aware i am a big trouble i must go he'll in the desert. but that is the state i was entering into reali
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